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In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down abortion rights, we know three things: 1) The decision is hugely unpopular; 2) banning abortion will have disastrous consequences for women; and 3) Republicans have no say in No. 2.

Recent polls on the issue are about as decisive as you can find in politics. NPR reports on its investigation with PBS NewsHour and Marist: “Majority of Americans say they disagree with Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wadebelieve it was politically motivated, fear the court will now reconsider decisions that protect other rights, and are more likely to vote this fall for a candidate who would restore abortion rights.

The poll shows that 56% oppose the decision, while only 40% support it. Two groups critical to the success of Democrats — women and college graduates — oppose the decision by even wider margins. A CNN poll after the opinion leak also showed 66% disapproval, and a CBS News-YouGov poll released on Sunday showed 59% oppose the decision.

These polls do not yet reflect a widespread understanding of the implications of a reversal deer. Imagine the answer if pollsters asked these questions instead: Would you force a teenage rape victim to give birth? Would you force a pregnant woman with cancer to forego chemotherapy because the treatment might terminate her pregnancy? Certainly, the supporters of abortion in these cases would be even more numerous.

Republicans must now defend their decades-long quest to criminalize abortion. They should explain why rape, incest and protection of the mother’s health are not “sufficient” reasons for intervention. It might be harder than they thought, as Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (right) demonstrated on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” show on Sunday:

NBC Host Chuck Todd: So if a 13-year-old girl in Arkansas is raped by a parent, that 13-year-old girl can’t get an abortion in Arkansas. Are you comfortable with that?

Hutchinson: I’m not – I would have preferred a different result than that. But that’s not today’s debate in Arkansas. It may be in the future. But so far, the law has kicked in with only one exception. While you can debate whether there should be additional exceptions, each state will make a different decision on this under our Constitution. And that will continue to be discussed. But at this particular point, the only exception in Arkansas is to save the mother’s life.

So, effectively, his response is, sorry, but nothing can be done for the 13-year-old. For now, he’s willing to let the power of his condition traumatize this child.

Hutchinson’s lack of clarity and direction is also staggering. Pressed on whether ‘morning after’ pills such as Plan B are now illegal, he could only say they ‘shouldn’t’ be a problem. So women are supposed to guess?

Todd: whatever you think deer, this decision never forced anyone to do something they didn’t want to do. This decision will now force a woman to carry a pregnancy that she may not have wanted. Does it make you feel uncomfortable, that we know – you’re forcing someone to do something they don’t want to do? deer didn’t do that. This decision does.

Huchinson: Well, no, I think that’s a very fitting decision. Obviously when you look at government and the power of government to force someone to carry a child to term, you have to think about that. And lawmakers are thinking about it.

“Forcing someone to carry a child to term.” Hutchinson’s gleeful attitude toward policies that will wreak havoc on women’s lives encapsulates the utter lack of respect for women’s autonomy and personality that is so pervasive among Republicans. It seems as far as Hutchinson is concerned, the 13-year-old rape victim is nothing more than a vessel.

Democratic gubernatorial candidates, such as Georgia’s Stacey Abrams and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, have been out there arguing that the government shouldn’t be the one making these decisions and that Republicans are putting women’s lives in danger. Abrams made it clear during an appearance on CNN that only one party is focused on the needs and interests of women:

As a pro-choice and proudly pro-choice person, I believe we need leaders right now who are ready to stand up for who we are and stand up for the women in our care. We must be deeply concerned about what is happening to our LGBTQ community, people of color, especially black women, who face the highest maternal mortality rates in the country. …

We know that Brian Kemp has shown he doesn’t care about Georgian women, Georgian families, except when it’s politically convenient. And so I believe this is a clear distinction between us, and I encourage every Georgian to pay attention to it.

Republicans are now in the uncomfortable position of defending their indifference to women. The problem is even more acute in states with high maternal mortality rates for women of color. And while the lack of child support, daycare and medical care for children aren’t the only reasons for opposing forced births, the dismal lack of services in red states now under bans on Abortion should emphasize that it is not about protecting a child’s life.

It’s a political issue that has gone from abstract to very real, very quickly. If voters who oppose forced birth turn out in large numbers midterm, Republicans may begin to wonder if the pledge to end deer was politically more beneficial than reality. Now everyone can see what they think of women.

]]> Virginia Gov. Youngkin, a rising GOP star, ready to hit the campaign trail in support of fellow Republicans Fri, 24 Jun 2022 10:00:21 +0000

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With Virginia’s biennial budget signed and the state’s congressional primaries in the rearview mirror, GOP Gov. Glenn Youngkin is ready to hit the campaign trail to help fellow Republicans.

“I’m going to help our great candidates,” Youngkin said in an interview with Fox News the day after Republicans settled nomination battles in a handful of competitive congressional districts in Virginia, which the GOP hopes to push through. from blue to red in the November midterm elections. , as part of the party’s efforts to regain a majority in the House.

“I said from the start that the road to majority in Washington is through Virginia,” Youngkin pointed out. “And I can’t wait to go to work.


Youngkin energized Republicans nationwide last November, as the top nominee from the party’s business wing edged former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe to become the first GOP nominee in a dozen years to win a gubernatorial election in the former swing state that had leaned toward Democrats for the past decade.

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin signs the budget during a ceremony at a grocery store Tuesday, June 21, 2022, in Richmond, Va. The Virginia General Assembly passed the budget earlier in the week.
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The governor spoke to Fox News Digital the day after signing Virginia’s two-year budget, which included a massive tax cut as well as increased spending for schools and law enforcement.

“We got a lot of what we wanted,” he said.


But Youngkin added that “this $4 billion in tax cuts goes a long way, but I want five, and I’ll come back and work on the other billion as soon as we resume session in January. I believe we we have to do more. And I think part of the opportunity going forward is to generate a much clearer understanding that Virginia is overtaxing people.

While the GOP took control of the offices of the governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general as well as the lower house of the Virginia legislature in last year’s election, Democrats retained a majority in the Senate of the state.

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin speaks before the signing of the budget during a ceremony at a grocery store Tuesday, June 21, 2022, in Richmond, Va.  The Virginia General Assembly passed the budget earlier in the week.

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin speaks before the signing of the budget during a ceremony at a grocery store Tuesday, June 21, 2022, in Richmond, Va. The Virginia General Assembly passed the budget earlier in the week.
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“I’m frustrated with Senate Democrats in Virginia,” Youngkin said. And he charged “they keep getting in the way of common sense things like a three month vacation and our gas tax. And beyond me, why won’t Senate Democrats support this…I believe that ‘They’re frustrated that we’ve accomplished so much in such a short time, and they continue to put their political interests ahead of those of Virginians.’

As Youngkin returns to campaign mode to help his fellow Republicans, his travel itinerary will also take him far from Virginia. He is heading to Nebraska early next month to deliver the opening address at the Nebraska Republican Party state convention and to campaign on behalf of GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Pillen.

“I absolutely believe that Republican governors outperform Democratic governors so much for Americans. And what we’re seeing in all 50 states in the US is that states with Republican governors are growing faster. We have safer communities. We have better schools. I mean, that’s what Republican governors have delivered,” Youngkin explained.


“So I’m going to go to work to help Republican governors get elected. I’ve so appreciated the support I’ve received over the past year, and I’m thrilled to be able to help,” he said. governor. “I will be traveling to a number of these states to help Republican governors get elected.”

Youngkin also praised the Republican Governors Association, which works to elect and re-elect GOP governors. “I will tell you from the perspective of a first term and a first candidate, the RGA are incredibly valuable. They have helped me in all aspects of our campaign…. I will help the RGA in all aspects so we can have Republican governors elected across the country.”

When asked if he would seek a leadership position with the RGA in the coming years, the Governor quickly replied “absolutely”.

Glenn Youngkin, then-candidate for Republican governor of Virginia, speaks during his election night at a hotel in Chantilly, Virginia, U.S. November 3, 2021.

Glenn Youngkin, then-candidate for Republican governor of Virginia, speaks during his election night at a hotel in Chantilly, Virginia, U.S. November 3, 2021.
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Following his election last November, there was instant buzz regarding Youngkin as a possible candidate for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. And his upcoming campaign trips outside of Virginia will only increase speculation. Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — the first four states to hold contests in the upcoming Republican presidential nominating calendar — are all holding gubernatorial elections this year.


Youngkin said “the short answer is maybe” when asked if he would travel to any of those states to campaign for his fellow Republicans.

But the governor once again hijacked any conversation about a presidential race, telling Fox News for the second time this week that “I’m always humbled when people ask me about 2024. But my intent is very much on Virginia. , a lot about the 2022 election, and doing whatever I can to help.”

Fox News’ Andrew Murray contributed to this report

House Republicans urge SEC to roll back climate disclosure rules Tue, 21 Jun 2022 15:14:00 +0000

House Republicans are urging the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to reverse its proposal that would require public companies to make climate change-related disclosures.

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GOP lawmakers said the SEC should focus on its three-party mission to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. These proposed rules, Republicans said, go beyond the SEC’s statutory authority and subvert the SEC’s regulatory authority.

“This principles-based disclosure regime allows businesses to choose how best to comply with and thrive within these policies. Investors decide if they want to support these strategies. The proposed climate rules change the regulatory authority of the SEC, taking an innovative and activist approach to climate policy. This goes far beyond the authority, jurisdiction and expertise of the SEC. As a result, it will rightly attract legal challenges. It also jeopardizes our proven approach to capital allocation, as well as the independence and credibility of the agency,” the Republicans wrote in a letter to SEC Chairman Gary Gensler.

It was signed by 129 House Republicans, including Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), a ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), a ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

“We call on you to rescind these proposed climate rules and respect the statutory limitations that Congress imposed on the SEC in Acts ’33 and ’34. It is the job of Congress to set our environmental policy, not the job of unelected regulators,” the lawmakers wrote.

Message from Democrats: Iowans’ rights are in line with Republican control Sun, 19 Jun 2022 20:39:24 +0000

Just days after the Iowa Supreme Court ruled on abortion rights in Iowa, Democrats in the state are sending out the message that other rights could be at risk.

The Iowa Supreme Court released a monumental decision on Friday in which the court found there was no state constitutional right to abortion. The ruling, which overturns a 2018 Iowa Supreme Court ruling, opens the state to increased restrictions or a ban on abortion, depending on whether the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.

This lawsuit could be a sign of things to come, some Democrats have warned. Marginalized communities — especially the LGBTQ+ community and communities of color — could have their rights taken away in court or by the Republican-controlled Statehouse.

That’s why making the state welcoming to all Iowans is a top campaign goal, gubernatorial candidate Deidre DeJear said at the weekend convention. Statehood of the State’s Democratic Party — and a goal rooted in Iowa’s equality history.

“We can make sure that all of our communities, wherever they come from…no matter what, everyone feels welcome in this state, everyone has a home, everyone has a path to success,” DeJear said. “We can do that in Iowa.”

Restricting access to abortion is a major political goal for Republicans in Iowa — the GOP-controlled state legislature was working on an amendment to the state constitution, reversing the old precedent of the Supreme Court of Iowa that she had a fundamental right to abortion. There haven’t been such significant restrictions on LGBTQ+ rights, but activists say Iowa’s new law banning transgender girls and women from playing on women’s sports teams in schools and colleges is a step towards the restriction of rights.

When the law was passed, Iowa Safe Schools communications director Damian Thompson said he expected to see new laws that harm transgender people.

“As we’ve seen in other states, attacking trans inclusion in sports is the first step,” Thompson said in an email. “Then the goal is to systematically marginalize trans children from other spheres, including but not limited to public accommodation, health care, and education.”

Candidate Ryan Melton, who is running against U.S. Representative Randy Feenstra in Iowa’s 4e District, spoke about the history of progressive values ​​for LGBTQ+ issues at the Democratic state convention. One of his siblings is transgender, Melton said, and his family has been supportive of his brother — and politicians need to extend that same support to LGBTQ+ people through policy.

“There are a lot of people in the community who don’t have siblings or parents to lean on,” he said. “And we can’t completely replace that void. But we can certainly fight for them every day.

Proponents say other state legislation in recent years, such as one that restricted teaching on certain “dividing topics” in classrooms and the “Back the Blue” law that increased penalties for protest-related crimes are hurtful to Iowans of color.

Voting rights restrictions also disproportionately impact Iowans of color, advocates say. Iowa’s voter ID law, along with other recent changes to the state’s election processes, are making it harder to vote, advocates argued.

Democratic candidate for Iowa secretary of state Joel Miller said most Iowans have gotten used to the state’s ID laws, which he supports, but the state still has a long way to go to make voting accessible. He proposed automatically registering Iowans to vote at age 17 when applying for a driver’s license.

Democratic candidates are bracing for a tough campaign season ahead of the November 8, 2022 election. Most state offices in Iowa are controlled by Republicans, as are both chambers of the Iowa Statehouse . The seats in the US Senate and three of the state’s four representative seats are held by Republicans, and election forecasters predict the lone Democrat – incumbent Representative Cindy Axne – could be in jeopardy.

To preserve those rights, Democrats have stressed the need to organize ahead of the general election.

“We can’t do it, me and Deidre, we need all your help here,” said Lieutenant Governor candidate Eric Van Lancker, DeJear’s running mate.

Republicans should wait to regulate Big Tech Fri, 17 Jun 2022 22:30:00 +0000

A coalition of lawmakers and advocacy groups is making its last push to pass antitrust legislation targeting big tech platforms before the end of the year. But in the rush to rein in Big Tech, many conservatives signed a bill that would do little to address their underlying concerns. Rather than help Democrats pass flawed legislation, Republicans in Congress should wait until next year, when they will likely be able to push forward their own proposals.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), part of a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers, recently held a press conference to urge Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) to pass the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICOA) on the ground. AICOA, which passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support in January, is designed to prohibit Big Tech companies from engaging in a range of activities that privilege their own products and services over those of their own. third. Klobuchar released a revised version of the bill in May that aims to address lingering concerns about the scope and ambiguity of the legislation.

“As dominant digital platforms – some of the biggest companies our world has ever seen – increasingly prioritize their own products and services, we need to put policies in place to ensure that small businesses and entrepreneurs always have the opportunity to succeed in the digital marketplace,” Klobuchar argued. To do this, the bill grants the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Department of Justice (DOJ), and state attorneys general new authority to impose heavy fines on covered platforms that prefer their own products and services.

Ultimately, the bill empowers the FTC and DOJ to interpret the AICOA, and those agencies will have every interest in pushing for the broadest possible reading. Given that penalties can reach 10% of total US revenue, companies will also take an extremely cautious approach to navigating the law’s ambiguity, preferring to shut down services that many consumers rely on.

Although the AICOA enjoys bipartisan support, it also has bipartisan opposition, particularly around the ambiguity to whom it would apply. Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) raised concerns about the bill, while Democratic Senators such as Maggie Hassan (DN.H.) and Michael Bennet (D -Colo.) would have expressed serious reservations behind closed doors. As Senator Lee said during the January markup, “I think it would lead to countless unintended and unintended consequences, like harming many of the same consumers we’re trying to protect.”

While Republicans have a tougher view of Big Tech than Democrats, their underlying grievances are different. While criticism of Big Tech on the left tends to focus on economic concentration, social justice, and harmful content, the right is primarily concerned with free speech and censorship. As Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) – the original Republican co-sponsor of AICOA – recently proclaimed in the Senate, “Big tech silences everyone it disagrees with. … We must prevent these companies from arbitrarily deciding what speech is acceptable to the country.While separate legislation attempts to address these concerns, the AICOA does little for conservative political purposes other than to punish its perceived political adversaries.

Much has been said about the supposed urgency to pass this bill in the coming months, but that only holds if one supports the approach of the current majority. The underlying animosity toward Big Tech is unlikely to have receded by the time the 118th Congress kicks in, likely under new leadership, at least in the House of Representatives. Given that AICOA fails to address Republicans’ underlying concerns about Big Tech, Senate Republicans should consider whether it’s wise to back Klobuchar and Schumer’s plans to rush the bill through. of law.

Instead of following the Democrats’ agenda, Republican lawmakers interested in reining in Big Tech should focus on refining their own ideas. For example, Lee’s TEAM (Tougher Enforcement Against Monopolists) Act might serve as a better starting point for lawmakers looking to hold Big Tech accountable. This bill would codify and expand on existing antitrust law to clarify enforcement power over free online services. This legislative vehicle could also be used to address issues of privacy and freedom of expression.

The desire to extract a pound of flesh from Big Tech is no reason to pass unhealthy legislation that could backfire when consumers lose access to beloved products and services. If conservative lawmakers are serious about tackling the issues they care about most — like privacy, harm to children, and free speech — they’d better run the AICOA’s time as if it was about Merrick Garland, and pivoting to get their own ideas ready for 2023.

Luke Hogg is policy manager at Lincoln Network.

Ban on drag shows for kids in Arizona backed by top Capitol Republicans Wed, 15 Jun 2022 15:00:48 +0000

Republicans in Arizona are following the lead of lawmakers in Florida and Texas in opening a new front in America’s culture war, proposing laws banning children from attending drag shows.

GOP leaders in the Arizona Legislature sent out a highly worded press release on Tuesday announcing work on such a bill. They have criticized drag shows – in which people perform, sing or dance on stage, most often wearing extravagant makeup and dressed in flamboyant clothing of the opposite sex – as a dangerous “perversion” for children.

“We will be damned if we don’t fight like mad to protect the most innocent from these horrifying and disturbing trends” propagated by “extremist democrats“, according to the leaders’ statement. He also criticized “non-discrimination” policies regarding gender expression and sexual orientation, saying they lead to a societal decline in “morals and values”.

Republican lawmakers in Arizona have already passed two bills this year that have been heavily criticized by LGBTQ activists, including a ban on genital reassignment surgery up to age 18 and transgender youth in competitive school sports.

The statement referenced the recent June 3 Native Drag Night at the Heard Museum and a planned drag show at a high school in the Tucson Unified School District.

Sen. Vince Leach, R-SaddleBrooke, said the strong tone of the statement came from him and that he was angry at the events he says are hurting children.

“When you have a drag queen sitting on the steps with her… crotch wide open and little kids sticking dollar bills in her g-belt, that’s a problem with me,” Leach said.

Photos and video of a recent daytime drag show at a Dallas gay bar were widely shared by conservatives on social media following a protest against the event, though the images do not represent what Leach described. The event was billed as “family friendly,” and the children appear to be there with their parents as they hand out dollar bills to drag queens near a neon sign that reads, “It’s not okay lick.”

Leach isn’t sure how the bill would define a “drag show” or whether it would go as far as the bans proposed this month by lawmakers in Texas and Florida, which would penalize parents. The proposal would aim to protect children “like we do with X-rated movies, like we do with strip joints and like we do with bars,” he said.

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In addition to Leach, Senate Speaker pro tempore, Senate Speaker Karen Fann and three other senators — Sonny Borrelli, David Gowan and Rick Gray — listed their names on the press release. Leach said they hope to introduce a bill this session, but he doesn’t know if all Republican lawmakers will support it.

Republicans have a one-person majority in both the House and the Senate, which means the bill would need unanimous support from all Republicans to pass, as no Democrat would likely vote for it.

Democrats: “dangerous and wrong” proposal

Rep. Daniel Hernandez, D-Tucson, said it’s “dangerous and wrong” to link the drag show proposal to alleged “perversion” of LGBTQ people and anti-discrimination ordinances.

“As one of only four openly gay members of the Legislative Assembly, this is of great concern,” he said. “They are attacking a community that is already marginalized.”

The potential drag show bill follows statements by Vice President Kamala Harris over the weekend linking the violence to laws that target the LGBTQ community and an incident on Saturday in which a group of “Proud Boys “self-proclaimed drag queen story disrupted at a Bay Area library-reading event.

It also comes after concerns about a conservative activist in Arizona who said last month he would “chase” LGBTQ supporters from Target stores in metro Phoenix.

Hernandez called the proposal a “trick” intended to distract the public from the fact that the GOP-dominated Legislature has yet to approve the state budget by the June 30 deadline.

The proposal may encounter other obstacles. A law that seeks to ban underage drag shows would be “almost certainly unconstitutional,” said Gregg Leslie, an attorney and executive director of the First Amendment Clinic at Arizona State University.

It is “strange” to imagine how the bill would be drafted, he said.

Typical drag shows involve attire that is no more revealing “than a child would see at the pool or the beach,” but nudity has long been one of the dividing lines in relative law. to public indecency, Leslie said.

A ban – even for minors – where there is no nudity or sexually explicit material would be “problematic”, he said.

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“It’s lawlessness in the city of Philadelphia” – CBS Philly Mon, 13 Jun 2022 15:00:00 +0000

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Pennsylvania House Republicans announce they are beginning proceedings to impeach Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner. Representatives Josh Kail, Torren Ecker and Tim O’Neal announced the start of impeachment proceedings on Monday due to Philadelphia’s runaway crime and violence.

The three members say they are circulating a co-sponsorship note for supporters of the articles of impeachment and believe he will receive bipartisan support.

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“We fully anticipate that this will be a bipartisan effort, we fully anticipate garnering some support among this effort because, quite honestly, the dereliction of duty and failure of Larry Krasner is well known throughout the Commonwealth,” Rep. Josh Kail said. .

They say the decision to begin impeachment proceedings for Krasner did not come overnight.

“We did not come to this decision lightly or easily. In fact, we are taking this step after taking significant steps to pass legislation that addresses violent crime in Philadelphia by ensuring that our current laws are enforced,” Rep. Josh Kail said. “We are beginning this process now because unchecked violent crime in Philadelphia has reached a breaking point due to District Attorney Krasner’s willful refusal to enforce existing laws.”

Last week, 3 people were killed and 11 were injured in a shooting on Philadelphia’s popular South Street, which was the “last straw” in their decision to seek impeachment.

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Representatives say Krasner is failing in his duty to enforce the laws.

“Across the country, people are resisting the unchecked, unchecked violence and lawlessness that is allowed because of radical politicians in district attorneys’ offices, like Larry Krasner,” he said. “Just last week, businesses in the city said they were considering relocating due to spikes in crime. Philadelphia is Pennsylvania’s main economic engine, a tourist attraction, and the birthplace of our freedoms. If unchecked crime prevents businesses and tourists from visiting and settling in Philadelphia, it impacts Pennsylvania as a whole.

Once the articles of impeachment are introduced, they will be referred to a committee for approval. Once approved, the statutes of impeachment can be reviewed by the full House of Representatives where a simple majority vote will be required before going to trial in the Senate to determine whether the impeached official should be removed from office. its functions. This requires a 2/3 majority vote.

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Lawyers’ money, Reynolds’ top factor in ousting Republicans Sat, 11 Jun 2022 06:35:50 +0000

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DES MOINES — Three political advocacy organizations spent a combined total of more than $636,000 on Republican primary campaigns in last week’s election in Iowa, according to state campaign finance records.

And these groups — Americans for Prosperity, the American Federation for Children and The Family Leader — got their money’s worth: Candidates backed by the groups won 14 of the 17 primary campaigns the groups invested in, and a 15th candidate. leads in a campaign that was decided by just two votes after the preliminary count.

This batch of winning Republican primary candidates who were backed by band money includes non-incumbent challengers who ousted three incumbent Iowa House Republicans: Representatives Dustin Hite of New Sharon, Jon Thorup of Knoxville and Dennis Bush from Cherokee.

Rep. Dustin Hite, R-New Sharon

Representative Jon Thorup, R-Knoxville

Rep. Dennis Bush, R-Cherokee.

That spending was on digital campaign ads, mail-out campaign ads and door-to-door efforts, according to state campaign finance records.

Several key issues were at stake in those races, according to campaign materials produced by advocacy groups: taxpayer funding of private school tuition, banning transgender girls from women’s athletics, and limits on requirements for the COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines.

The one consistent factor across all campaigns was the money spent by these three groups. They were the dominant players in the legislative races in the primary elections, far outpacing all other groups.

In total, Americans for Prosperity spent nearly $300,000 on the Republican legislative primaries, the American Federation for Children spent nearly $257,000, and The Family Leader spent more than $80,000, according to the records of the State.

“Obviously we love that we won the races we were in,” said Drew Klein, state director of Americans for Prosperity. “What we’ve taken away is that when we show up and have the conversation with constituents on the issues that matter to us, we see positive efforts.”

Two Republican primary campaigns have drawn six-figure spending from advocacy groups. In both cases, a non-incumbent challenger defeated an incumbent Iowa House member.

Most of the spending was done in District 5 of House. The new Northwest Iowa District includes all of Osceola and O’Brien counties, as well as parts of Cherokee and Buena Vista counties.

The campaign featured incumbent Bush, of Cherokee, and challenger Zach Dieken of Granville.

About $113,800 was spent in the race to support Dieken, the vast majority of it by the state chapter of Americans for Prosperity.

Americans for Prosperity is a conservative free-market advocacy group with its roots in the network of organizations founded by the billionaire Koch brothers.

The group endorsed Dieken at the start of the legislative session in mid-January. In a press release, the group said Dieken “is a supporter of parental choice in education.”

Bush was among about two dozen House Republicans who said they did not support Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proposal for a program that would shift taxpayer funding for public schools to help with school tuition. private for a maximum of 10,000 students.

In his quest to garner support for his proposal, Reynolds took the exceptionally rare step of endorsing several challengers to incumbent House Republicans in the primary, including Dieken.

Dieken won the primary elections comfortably, with 55.8% of the vote against 24.2% for Bush.

The so-called Governor’s School Choice bill was also central to the Republican primary with the second-highest spending.

The campaign in House 88 District, which includes all of Keokuk County and parts of Mahaska and Jefferson Counties, featured incumbent Hite, of New Sharon, who chaired the education committee of the Chamber over the past two years. He was challenged by Helena Hayes, also from New Sharon.

The American Federation for Children and The Family Leader donated $101,300 to the campaign, either supporting Hayes or opposing Hite.

Campaign materials from The Family Leader, a conservative Christian organization in Iowa, promised that Hayes “unlike his opponent” would work to remove “pornographic materials” from schools.

Statehouse Republicans in this year’s legislative session discussed ways to address concerns raised by some conservative parents about the school curriculum and school library books they deemed obscene. Many books that angered parents included brief isolated passages describing sexual acts or masturbation, but were not the main content of the books. Some Republicans in the Senate have proposed creating a way for parents to sue and jail educators for these materials.

In the end, no such legislation was approved during the session.

Another campaign article in the District 88 campaign criticized Hite for its failure to support Reynolds’ school choice bill and its failure to support a so-called toilet bill, which is legislation prohibiting transgender people from using toilets designated for the gender with which they identify.

And yet another campaign letter criticizes Hite for not backing a bill that would have banned all employers from requiring a vaccine. This bill did not return from committee in the Iowa House or the Senate during the last session.

The head of the family spent more than $37,000 on the race. The American Federation for Children spent over $64,000.

The American Federation for Children is a national school choice advocacy organization with roots in the DeVos family, which includes Betsy DeVos, the former U.S. Secretary of Education under former President Donald Trump.

With that six-figure financial backing, Hayes ousted Hite, 57.4% to 42.5%.

Reynolds also endorsed Hayes late in the campaign.

Hayes is among six Republican candidates The Family Leader has endorsed and supported; all six won.

“We chose to support six key competitions where the choice was clear and where we could confidently support pro-family, pro-life and pro-parenting choice in education,” said Drew Zahn, director of communications for The Family Leader. “Additionally, Iowa voters have sent a clear message that they support the candidates with a strong, pro-family platform.”

Another very expensive campaign featured two incumbents who were brought together by a 10-year redistricting. Representatives Lee Hein, of Monticello, and Steven Bradley, of Cascade, faced off in the new House District 66, which includes all of Jones and most of Jackson County.

Americans for Prosperity and The Family Leader spent $95,000 on the District 66 campaign, both in support of Bradley. Americans for Prosperity did the heavy lifting, spending $73,000 on the campaign.

Abortion was a crucial issue in this campaign; In the past, Hein has voted against legislation that would have banned abortions after a fetus’ heartbeat was detected. He cited an experience his daughter had during her pregnancy that would have been impacted by such a law.

With the help of these groups, Bradley beat Hein, 55.4% to 44.6%.

“I think it just proves that the model we’re pursuing works: showing up and talking directly to the citizens of Iowa will always yield better results than just investing heavily in mainstream media,” Klein said. “Going big on TV or radio or whatever just doesn’t compare to the real conversations we have with Iowans.”

Only two Republican House primary candidates have fended off an externally funded opponent.

Rep. Jane Bloomingdale, of Northwood, won re-election in the new House District 60 despite the American Federation for Children spending nearly $50,000 to oppose her and support her challenger, Deb Hild, of Clear Lake.

Bloomingdale’s is also among the House Republicans who did not support Reynolds’ school choice plan.

There was no starter in the new House District 25, where Hans Wilz, of Ottumwa, beat Corwin Williams, also of Ottumwa, despite the American Federation for Children spending nearly $9,000 to support Williams.

In all other races where the three groups spent money, the candidate they supported won.

That could change depending on the end result in Senate District 42, where Vinton’s Colman Silbernagel – who the American Federation for Children spent more than $25,000 on – won an open-seat campaign by just two votes on Charlie McClintock of Alburnett, according to the preliminary count.

An official canvassing of the results will be completed in the coming weeks. And anyway, this result seems destined for a recount, given the narrow result.

Another $46,000 was spent by Americans for Prosperity and the American Federation for Children in the 37th district of the house, where challenger Barb Kniff McCulla, of Pella, also backed by Reynolds, ousted Thorup, of Knoxville, of 70 .2% to 29.7%.

The family leader and the American Federation for Children have spent more than $36,000 on the House District 53 campaign between two incumbents, helping Rep. Dean Fisher, of Montour, another Reynolds endorser, defeat Rep. David Maxwell, from Gibson.

And in House District 4, Americans for Prosperity, with just a little help from The Family Leader, helped outgoing Rep. Skyler Wheeler, of Orange City, survive a challenge from Kendal Zylstra, of Larchwood.

Some state-based Political Action Committees, or PACs, and a big-dollar donor tried unsuccessfully to come to the aid of these endangered Republican incumbents at the end of the campaign.

Between May 15 and June 3:

• Associated General Contractors of Iowa PAC donated $3,000 each to Hite and Bush.

• The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation PAC donated $3,000 to Hite and $1,000 each to Thorup and Bush.

• The Iowa Law PAC donated $2,000 each to Hite and Thorup.

• And individual donor Nick Rowley donated $5,000 each to Hite and Thorup. Rowley is an attorney who grew up in Iowa, still has a home here, and has developed a national profile.

These donations turned out to be too little or too late.

Many Republican primary winners will face Democratic opponents in Iowa’s general election on Nov. 8.

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10 House Republicans support raising the purchase age of the semi-automatic shotgun to 21 Wed, 08 Jun 2022 22:55:23 +0000

Ten House Republicans backed a token vote on Wednesday to raise the minimum age to purchase a semi-automatic rifle from 18 to 21.

Defectors voted to retain language increasing the age of purchase in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s sweeping gun control package.

Republican Representatives who voted with Democrats included Representatives Fred Upton of Michigan, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Chris Smith from New Jersey and Maria Elvira Salazar from Florida.

GOP Representatives Mike Turner and Anthony Gonzales of Ohio also supported the measure, as did three Republican members of the New York delegation – Representatives Nicole Malliotakis, John Katko and Chris Jacobs.

Mr Jacobs was recently forced to drop out of his re-election bid after speaking out in favor of a ban on military-style assault weapons.

Two Democrats, Representatives Jared Golden of Maine and Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, voted against the provision.

The bill, known as the Protecting Our Children Act, died upon arrival in the equally divided Senate.

Not only does this increase the minimum age required to purchase a semi-automatic rifle from 18 to 21, but it also limits gun magazines to a maximum of 10 rounds. The legislation also requires that existing bump stocks be registered while prohibiting the sale of civilian use bump stocks.

The package also includes a bill that would encourage states to pass “red flag” laws that allow authorities to confiscate firearms from people a court deems dangerous.

Moderate House Democrats initially wanted to split the package and vote on the various provisions individually. Ms Pelosi struck a deal, however, allowing lawmakers to vote on whether individual bills would be included in the package.

This ruling allowed moderate Republicans and conservative Democrats to vote for or oppose parts of the legislation, without having to vote for it as a whole.

Reviews | What the Arizona GOP response to Uvalde reveals Mon, 06 Jun 2022 14:05:00 +0000
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Republican lawmakers in Arizona offered more than thoughts and prayers to the innocent victims massacred in Uvalde, Texas. They praised law enforcement for their actions despite ample evidence that police waited too long to intervene, blamed the violence on the absence of God. and renewed their efforts to bring more guns to schools.

Take State Senator Kelly Townsend, a far-right Republican whose absurd ideas include, most recently, using vigilantes to monitor the ballot boxes in future terms. Four years ago, in the days following the rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, she compared mass shooters to women having abortions: Neither, a she says, has no respect for human life.

After the murders at Robb Elementary, Townsend suggested we arm “everyone in our schools, whether it’s veterans volunteering, whether it’s police, whether it’s arming teachers.” His colleague, State Sen. Rick Gray, GOP Majority Leader, said school shootings happen because “for decades we’ve been teaching our kids in school that there’s no has no God”.

Meanwhile, calls from Democrats to action on 13 stalled gun control bills – one of which includes prohibiting certain perpetrators of domestic violence from owning firearms, which I think is a no-brainer – have been completely ignored. Such is the predicament for Democrats of being the minority in both legislative houses in a deeply polarized purple state where extremists are not only the loudest, but increasingly the dominant voices in Republican politics.

Case in point: Governor Doug Ducey, a conservative who didn’t go to the deep end, was unlucky to pass a bill that would allow judges to take guns away from people deemed a danger to themselves or others. His Republican colleagues in the House have twice refused to advance him.

I spoke to the Sen state. Raquel Terán (D), whose journey to elected office grew out of her role as a community organizer fighting for immigration reform at a time when Arizona became a national symbol of intolerance. She framed the mainstream version of Republican politics in Arizona these days around control — “control of our bodies, control of what we read and speak in schools.” (Gun control? Not so much.)

This raises an interesting irony. Some Republicans say teachers should be able to carry guns in class and teach about religion, but they can’t be trusted to speak openly to students about issues of race and ethnicity. According to a bill recently approved by the House, violators could lose their teaching license. As a state senator. Christine Marais (D), a former teacher of the year, said so eloquently, “Give me a break.”

Arizona is far from the only battleground state, but it may be where the pendulum has swung the most to the right since 2020. That’s when voters in the Arizona chose a Democrat for president for only the second time since they chose Harry S. Truman in 1948 (the other was Bill Clinton).

Former President Donald Trump still enjoys strong popularity in Arizona. With term limits, Ducey is serving her second and final term, and the leading Republican gubernatorial candidate, a journalist-turned-conspiracy theorist named Kari Lake, features Trump’s image and endorsement on her campaign signs.

Terán, whose Senate district is one of the most diverse in the state, grew up in Douglas, a small town in Arizona on the US-Mexico border that resembles Uvalde. They are both working-class communities with about 16,000 residents who are mostly Hispanic.

She stood silently on the floor of the State Senate the other day, holding a collage of photos of the 19 children murdered in Uvalde; two teachers also died. She told me she was worried about collapsing, so she let other fellow Democrats do the talking.

She cried when we spoke a few days later, telling me about her mother, who works in a school cafeteria, and her nieces and nephews, whose faces remind her of the children killed in Uvalde. “My neighbors in Douglas, my constituents, are the people of Uvalde,” she said.

She lists some of their needs: a reliable and sustainable water supply; a strategy to mitigate wildfires that pose a deadly threat in parts of the state; and affordable housing. Phoenix and its surrounding communities saw the nation’s largest increase in the cost of living in April over the same month last year and saw one of the largest rent increases since the start of 2021.

“People can’t afford housing,” Terán said.

I asked her what she would do if she had a magic wand. She paused, talked about meeting basic needs, but then settled on something less tangible, but, in many ways, more important: “I would protect our democracy. »

The threat is real. On Thursday, Trump backed Republican Blake Masters in the U.S. Senate race to oust Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly. The former president praised Masters for supporting his stolen election fantasy.